An engineering specialism within a grammar school
School Officers and Prefects 2013-2014
SSAT GCSE Article
School Calendar 2013-14
HADLAD Poster 27th June 2013
Boys' Uniform List
Uniform and Regulations
Girls' Uniform List
The Clocktower Issue 4 : Summer 2013
RGS Parents Association Fashion Event
Term Dates 2013/14
Post-Ofsted Action Plan
5 Year Strategic Plan
School Calendar 2012-13
School Officers and Prefects 2012-13
Term Dates 2012/2013
New 1st Form Welcome Evening, 6.30pm
New 1st Form Induction Day
Sports Day, 1.30pm
Junior Production of Peter Pan
French Exchange Arrive
Junior Production of Peter Pan
L6th Form Work Experience begins
Lower School Prizegiving, 2.00pm
Staff Training Day (school closed)
The House System At Ripon Grammar School
Current Overall Standings
An overview of the house system:
Every student who attends Ripon Grammar School is a member of a ‘house’. The houses are made up of all students from the 1st year through to the U6th. Each student is given a badge when they join the school in first year which shows the house that they will represent for their time at the school. House badges are part of the Ripon Grammar School uniform and must be displayed on the lapel of the blazer of every student.
There are 4 houses at Ripon Grammar School.
- De Grey
- School House
The history behind the houses:
In 1906 Porteus and Hutton were founded, each named after a famous ex-pupil, along with De Grey to commemorate the family title of the Robinsons of Newby and Studley who had proved such generous benefactors in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. School House, for the boarders, was added in 1928.
The houses are named as follows:
Hutton House - Matthew Hutton (1693-1758)
Matthew Hutton became a pupil at Ripon Grammar in 1701, arriving as a pupil of the new Master, Thomas Lloyd. He remained at the school until 1707 when he went up to Jesus College, Cambridge. There he was recognised as an outstanding student and was elected a Fellow of Christ’s College. However, he left Cambridge for a career in the Church of England. His rise within the Church was rapid. He was a Canon at York then Westminster, a Royal Chaplain, and then appointed as Bishop of Bangor in 1747. From there he was promoted to be Archbishop of York in 1747 and of Canterbury in 1757. In Ripon he is commemorated with a statue on a pedestal in the Choir Screen of the Cathedral.
Porteus House - Beilby Porteus (1731-1808)
The eighteenth child of returned American colonists, Beilby Porteus, was born in York and attended Ripon Grammar School from 1744 until 1748. He studied Classics at Christ’s College Cambridge, where he became a Fellow. He then turned to a career in the Church of England where he earned a reputation as a preacher and writer. He gained a doctorate in divinity and was a Royal Chaplain before being consecrated as Bishop of Chester in 1776. In 1787 he was elevated to the bishopric of London, a position he held until his death. Porteus was a keen supporter of the movement to abolish slavery and an early patron of the Church of the Missionary Society.
De Grey House - Earl de Grey
The son of the first Marquis of Ripon, Earl de Grey founded the exhibitions to Universities which are still presented by the school in the form of major and minor De Grey Awards at Speech Day each year. He provided £200 a year for these exhibitions until 1909 when the first Marquis’s provided the capital to perpetuate the awards. Earl de Grey inherited his father’s title in 1909, but died without heirs five years later, bringing an end to the direct line.
School House was added in 1928 for the boarders’ at Ripon Grammar School. Today the membership has broadened to accommodate day pupils as well as boarders.
At the beginning of the academic year meetings are held to elect House Captains. One boy and one girl from the Upper Sixth are elected from each house. The job of the house captains is to take responsibility for the leadership and organisation of their house thoughout the forthcoming acadmic year
The following house competitions take place throughout the year; all competitions give the students the opportunity to win house points. House points are added together and the house with the most points at the end of the year will win the overall house competition.
- 5-a-side Football
- 6-a-side Cricket
- Cross Country
- Girls' Football
- Performing Arts
- Rugby 7s
- Sports Day
- University Challenge
Students quickly form an allegiance to their house and a sense of fun and friendly competition pervades all the house events.